Today I discovered Midjourney, an AI image generator that’s rather more high-powered than other free ones which I’ve tried. Riffing on prompts by other users, I had it generate a Frank frazetta painting of a wombat newscaster. The result was pleasant enough that I’ve adopted it— for now— as the blog header.
It feels a bit cringe to think in terms of professional networking, but a few recent posts have me thinking about the personal and professional connections that maintain philosophical life.
TL;DR: 1. I should be better about keeping in touch and attending on-line events. 2. If you feel like you’d benefit from being in touch with me, feel free to reach out.Continue reading “Presumptuous invitation”
I mentioned last month when I recorded an appearance on a podcast, talking about cover songs. That episode has now appeared.
Maybe it’s because recording videos and Zoom classes has made me accustomed to hearing myself, but I mostly feel OK about what I said and how I sounded.
In a recent episode of Polite Conversations, Brandon Polite interviews Alex King about the appreciation conditions for Taylor Swift’s mimic rerecordings of her earlier tracks.1 A couple of really nice points come out in the episode.Continue reading “Polite interviews King on Swift on Swift”
During a commercial break while streaming the most recent episode of Would I Lie to You, I saw a new commercial for Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook). It concludes with the line, “The metaverse may be virtual, but the impact will be real.”
The jarring thing is the ad’s utter failure to imagine anything useful. It offers three examples of what’s coming. All of them involve people putting on goggles and gloves to enter virtual realities, which all feels very 1990s.Continue reading “So very meta”
The following was originally posted at the Open Book Publishers blog.Continue reading “A post about a post at another blog that I wrote about a thing I wrote”
My book, A Philosophy of Cover Songs, is in the last throes of preproduction and will be released by the end of May.